Brent Turney, Chair
Room 254, Noel Fine Arts Center
This department is in the College of Fine Arts & Communication .
Faculty: B Baldauff, S Bender, S Berk, M Buchman, M Butler, R Korb, T McComb, A Moran, M Roseman, D Story, B Turney.
Mission Statement for Music
To provide a dynamic environment where innovation and leadership in creativity, teaching, performance, and advocacy set a new standard for education through music.
Professional Opportunities in Music
Our music programs prepare you for professional careers in a variety of areas including teaching, performance, composition, music business, music technology, music management, and other music-related occupations. The Bachelor of Music degree program offers four areas of emphasis: applied music, jazz studies, and music education. The Bachelor of Arts degree program offers a nondisciplinary music degree that incorporates studies in other disciplines for careers in many music-related professions.
Notes for Music:
- Admission to the Department of Music as an undergraduate music major or minor is by audition. You must complete the music theory diagnostic test, and if you wish to major in music, you must be evaluated by piano faculty for placement.
- Special music scholarships are available to high school seniors with outstanding talent in musical performance. These scholarships are awarded each spring on the basis of special auditions held before members of the music faculty. Contact the Music Department for dates, times, and other details.
- Every music major must enroll, participate, and receive a passing grade in a major ensemble every semester except the student teaching semester.
- String music education majors and string applied majors need four semesters of chamber ensemble.
- See the Music Department “Silent Adviser” for recital attendance requirements.
- The following organizations are open to all students: Pointer Pep Bands, Concert Choir or Choral Union, Wind Ensemble, Concert or Campus Band, Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, University Orchestra, and numerous small ensembles.
- Course numbers listed below without a prefix or name are music courses.
Academic Standards for Music Major
- Permission to register, placement, and exceptions to the requirements are subject to the approval of the instructor and the chair.
- Meet all major requirements for bachelor of music degree OR bachelor of arts degree.
- To graduate with a major in music you must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (2.75 to student teach) in all required major courses, including transfer courses, regardless of any declaration of academic bankruptcy. You may repeat courses in the major if you follow the course repeat policy .
- Courses in music are open to all students who meet the prerequisites.
Test-Out, Credit-by-Exam, and Music Placement for Music
If you are seeking advanced placement in music general degree requirement courses by testing out of a course or by gaining credit through exam, see the coordinator of the specific area in which the course is offered.
If you are from a UW College, while not required, we strongly encourage you to take the placement exams in musicianship and music history to determine the proper course you should take in those areas. If you are transferring from institutions outside the UW System, you are required to take musicianship and music history exams.
We require all music education students to meet with the coordinator of music education before registering for upper level music education courses.
Admission Requirements for the Instrumental Music Performance Certificate Program
- Successfully audition for entrance to the Music Department; typically this audition is in February or March of your senior year of high school
- Supply two letters of recommendation
- Submit a 250-500 word essay on how this certificate program’s core principle supports ongoing value to combining a high level of study in a creative field with your major field of study.
- Music Education: Choral (Early Childhood through Adolescence), B.M.
- Music Education: General Music (K-12), B.M.
- Music Education: Instrumental (Early Childhood through Adolescence), B.M.
- Music Jazz Studies, B.M.
- Music Performance: Percussion, B.M.
- Music Performance: Piano, B.M.
- Music Performance: String instrument, B.M.
- Music Performance: Voice, B.M.
- Music Performance: Wind instrument, B.M.
- Music, B.A.
Also see Music Education (next section).